President Muhammadu Buhari has called for an emergency meeting between the Nigerian government and its Chadian counterpart over the poor security on the Nigeria-Chad border.
The Nigerian leader made the call in the wake of the recent killing of more than 50 Nigerian soldiers by a splinter Boko Haram group known as the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP).
Concise News understands that the soldiers were killed last Sunday in Metele, a remote village bordering Nigeria and Chad.
After briefing the president about the killings, Nigeria’s Minister of Defence, retired Brig-Gen. Mansur Dan-Ali, was then directed by the Nigerian leader to meet with the Chadian President, Idris Deby, over the development.
It was learned that Dan-Ali would also meet with his Chadian equivalent with a view to ascertaining what led to the resurgence of the insurgents in the area.
“Nigeria has a Chad problem in the Multi-National Joint Task Force (MNJTF) put together to secure the Lake Chad Basin area and repeal the Boko Haram terrorism attacks against all the countries neighbouring the lake,’’ the News Agency of Nigeria quoted a source as saying.
It was gathered that the Chadian authorities withdrew their troops because they needed them to tackle internal security challenges.
“That lacuna is being exploited by the Boko Haram terrorists, who go in and out of Nigeria, Niger and Cameroon to launch terrorist acts,” the sources added.
“This is a clear illustration of the fact that terrorism is beyond national borders.”